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Water Skills for Life is a learning programme for students in Years 1 – 8. Read about the programme here

Swim teachers can learn to deliver Water Skills for Life through training with Swimming New Zealand. Contact Davin Bray, Swimming New Zealand’s Head of Educaation and Water Safety  to discuss yours and your staff training in Water Skills for Life now. Email Davin on

Water Safety New Zealand funds some swim schools to deliver Water Skills for Life to students, primarily at schools which don't have a school pool. This delivery should be conducted at your local aquatic centre.

The Water Safety New Zealand funding round opens in April every year and you can make an application up to mid to late May. Look out for details about the Water Safety New Zealand funding round here.

For those swim schools delivering Water Skills for Life, please reference the programme and learning plans here

Recording student achievements is a requirement of funding. Water Safety New Zealand staff can assist by providing you and your swim school login access to the Water Skills for Life Database. Click on the links below to access the database and User Guide.

Contact Felicity Fozard at Water Safety New Zealand -



Database User Guide

Access the Water Skills For Life Database

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